Depression is a subject that is gaining traction on the airwaves every day. It is a virus that eats the mind, knowing no age limits nor gender. This has been affecting human life for centuries, but the internet with technological advancements has made access to information so easy, we are now getting to know more about such cases globally with strategies on how to deal with them. Depression, closely linked with anxiety, is a leading cause of suicide today, majorly affecting the youth and teenage community. How best can we raise awareness about depression? In what way will we help those going through this overcome it before they resort to suicide?
It is necessary to note; a person does not just sink into depression out of the blue. People fall into this pit gradually, often caused by a series of events or that one event. The event scared them emotionally and physically forever, which keeps on playing in their minds due to the trauma caused. There is no one cause of depression since different people lead different lives. However, some common causes include failure in certain ventures, sexual assault, loss of loved ones, abrupt unemployment, as well as substance abuse.
Walking out of depression is a journey that starts with a single step. The same way in which entering depression is gradual is exactly how you will walk out of it if you consciously decide to. One way it could be addressed is finding a person whom they trust to talk to, just tell them exactly how they feel. Sometimes all a teen needs is where to let your sorrows out, and express themselves. It is the duty of the other party to keep an open mind and refrain from judging you or going about telling other people their business. The person was approached for confidentiality, and it should be kept that way, to indeed help the teen on this journey towards recovery.
If a teen can’t find someone to talk to, then it would be best for him to seek therapy. The Guardian could go to the extent of getting several contacts for them, persuading him to take up the program. Someone going through depression should be handled with care because of how fragile their emotions are. It would be unwise for guardians to try and force ideologies on their teens who do not share the same opinion as them. Helping them to see the benefits of this program would be the best approach, after which the decision is now left to them to make.
Various outdoor activities can help in keeping a clear mind. Moments of depression mostly strike when idle and unoccupied. When taking therapy sessions or talking to someone, it is necessary to take personal initiative to battle this. Participate in community programs like environmental clean-ups, visiting those in homes, engaging in sports activities, go for hikes, horse riding, boat riding activities with peers or family members. While doing all this, it would be best to avoid triggering activities. Creative activities like painting, cooking, or learning a new instrument could help.
Guardians should encourage teens to speak positive words to themselves and affirm themselves. When a teen wakes up, they should look in the mirror, tell themselves how worthy they are, and they will conquer whatever life throws at them. Life will never be easy, there will always be trouble after trouble, but the most real cheerleader in your team will always be yourself. This will help in building self-confidence, and keep out thoughts that may trigger depression. If you get depressed from people constantly speaking down on you, then this would be a good way to start your journey to recovery.
People should be encouraged to move on from whatever is troubling them. For example, when an individual loses a loved one, it could be devastating especially if they had a close relationship, but dwelling in the past, will not do anyone any good. Speaking out could help with the process of accepting and dealing with the pain. Depression can be very poisonous and vicious to the mind if not dealt with early. If you find yourself in such a situation, do not ignore the signs. Try as much as possible to find the best way in which you can recover from it.